Failure in Perseverance

The Role Failure Plays in Perseverance

How Pitch Perfect Matched Pitch

In 2012 the world's third highest grossing musical comedy film, Pitch Perfect, was released. It made 115 million dollars. What made this movie so good for viewers to watch? Critics say that it was a great idea to have the characters sing on purpose, rather than randomly breaking out into song. They also like how the acapella group had small and subtle changes in their sound in the beginning of the movie, but one major change all the way towards the end. It seems the groups ambition is what really intrigued the viewers.


The movie starts off by having the Barden Bellas acapella group lose in the final competition in the collegiate league. The next set of senior leaders for their group were determined to redeem themselves when the new competition season began. Since the Bellas were the laughing stock of the university, they had to open up auditions for their team to everyone, not just girls with "bikini ready bodies" as one of the main characters, Aubrey, says. By doing this, the leaders were exposed to amazing singers, who may have not looked like models, but would help the Bellas win. Once their group was formed, they noticed that their old sound just wasn't cutting it. They needed a new way to really add pazazz to their group. The seniors then asked the main character, Becca, to do a musical arrangement, since she was a DJ and makes mashups of songs on her computer all the time. This lead to a better blend in sound and made their voices more compatible.


When the Bella's and competed with Becca's arrangement, it brought them to the win. It also gave them the credit to be the first all-female acapella group to win the championship competition. Because they'd previously lost quite a few competitions, it challenged the Barden Bella's to change their group style as well as their sound. Their failure taught them what to change in order to gain victory. IN the end they changed their reputation and became champions.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1981677/

Howie Mandel: Living With OCD and ADHD

Almost everyone knows the famous comedian Howie Mandel. He seems happy and funny on stage, but do people know what's going on behind the scenes? Howie was experiencing symptoms of OCD and ADHD from a very young age, but wasn't officially diagnosed until his late teens. It's been a struggle for him and his family, and has caused him to pick up other disorders as-well, such as depression and anxiety. So how does he live with this exactly?


First off his ADHD gives him a short attention span. So when he works on "Deal-or-No-Deal" he says it's easier because he "Can stand up and live in the moment." He doesn't sit still for long periods of time on the show and he doesn't have to. He says it's tough writing a script for shows, but he leaves wiggle room for improvisation.


Off set is where it gets really tricky. Howie is medicated to try to control his symptoms a bit more. In his case his OCD is related to germs, so when his family gets sick, he has a separate house he stays at until they get better. Howie says he gets annoyed with his own symptoms, so he can only imagine how his family feels about them. But his wife and kids show him unconditional love and support throughout every struggle. He has gone through depression because he felt overwhelmed with his symptoms, but is medicated for that as-well. He is very strong.


Though Howie Mandel has faced many challenging situationswith his disorders, he tries really hard not to let them interfere with his life. Even though he was close, he never stopped living as normally as possible. Everyday brings another challenge for him, but he's found solutions to make sure that he can live his life to the fullest.


http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/8615.html

J.K. Rowling's Road to Success

Everyday people are faced with struggles or challenges, which they might not always overcome, whether it be for work, school, family, or something else. It stresses people out so much that it could lead to depression, or anger management, at which point the person would most likely give up. But is failure only a bad thing? Sure it has negative effects, but can it also have positive ones?


Famous author J.K. Rowling had 12 publications turn her book, Harry Potter, down several times. People often say "How did she not quit after facing so much rejection?" "Had I really succeeded in anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I truly believed I belonged." Rowling said. She believed that if she hadn't failed at everything else, and if her life hadn't been so difficult, she would not have become the successful writer she is today. Her current net worth is $1 billion and her Harry Potter brand is $15 billion. Her most successful book ,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, sold 8.3 million copies within the first 24 hours. On the first day that the movie was released in the U.S. it made $92.1 million. Without her failures, Rowling claims she wouldn't have accomplished all those things. Rowling also says that her mother's death contributed to her success. Her mother never knew that Rowling was writing the books, so she wanted her mother to look down at her from heaven to see her success.


Even though Rowling went through many challenges in her life, without them she wouldn't be the successful woman that she became.Her failures greatly contributed to her determination. She didn't want to be known as the divorced woman, with the dead mother, who couldn't keep a job. She wanted to make a name for herself. Now she has one of the most successful writers today.


http://www.jonathhonfields.com/j-k-rowling-on-failure-and-imagination/

Bethany Hamilton: Back On Board

Many people have seen the movie Soul Surfer. This movie is about a girl, Bethany Hamilton, with a dream of becoming a professional surfer. One morning while surfing off the coast of Kuai Hawaii, her entire life was changed. All hope seemed lost but Bethany pushed through some difficult challenges and has become an inspiration to many.


It all started on October 31, 2003. Bethany was surfing with her friends and her family. She was laying on her board with one arm dangling in the water, when a 14 foot Tiger Shark attacked her and bit off her arm. She was immediately rushed to the hospital. Over a period of time she lost 60 % of her blood and went into hypovelemic shock. After surgery, when she woke up without her arm, her dream seemed to go down the drain. But Bethany was determined to get back in the water.


Three weeks later, she got doctors approval to surf again. She tried for a few days, but wasn't able to push herself up on her board with only one arm. She wanted to give up because there didn't seem to be a way for her to get up. But her dad made her a custom board with a handle in the center of it for her to push up and duck dive. This helped her surf better in the Hawaiian Island Regional's. She placed high enough for her to go to national's, but she didn't score as high as she normally did given the circumstances. She trained for weeks, harder than ever before. She ended up winning national's, but she went even further than that. In 2008 she was presented with the World Junior Championship award. She also published 4 books the next year. Even though it took several years for her to become as famous as she is, each step got her a little closer to fulfilling her dream.


Bethany Hamilton today is a professional surfer. Her story inspires tons of people around the world because even thought she had a near death experience, she didn't let it control her life, or her ability to surf. Bethany said she wouldn't change what happened to her at all.


http://www.bethanyhamilton.com

Current Generation Success vs Historical Success

Most people know Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb. Surely anyone would think that the light bulb would be a success right away, considering how much everybody uses it today. But as it turns out, Thomas Edison's invention had a delayed success. Comparing him to our current generation of instant success, Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of FaceBook, launched his social site in 2004, which is the most popular social media outlet today.


Thomas Edison had been working on the light bulb for a few years. He started testing and researching in 1878, but couldn't officially get it to work until 1881. It was quite a lengthy trial and error process to him. Even after he got it to work, manufacturers couldn't sell it until 1882. Mark Zuckerburg on the other hand, launched FaceBook, without even pitching an idea, and was instantly a huge success. He now has a net worth of $17.5 billion at age 24, and was ranked the 52nd richest person in the world. Although Mark Zuckerburg seems more successful, can people easily live without his website? The answer would be yes. Could people say the same for Thomas Edison's invention? The answer would most likely be no. Our population uses the light bulb every single day. Our entire lives revolve around light.


Because of the era we live in, FaceBook was able to reach global success almost immediately. Really all Mark Zuckerburg had to do was launch it and wait for success to come to him. Thomas Edison had to go through years of trial and error just to get the light bulb to work. Then he had to wait a year to get a patent on it. Afterwards there was still the matter of advertising and selling it, which at the time was difficult because nobody believed it would work. So Thomas Edison had to do more work, and much harder work to make some sort of profit off of the lightbulb. Although Mark Zuckerburg did put some work into his website, he had the odds of the internet working in his favor, where Thomas Edison did not.


Mark Zuckerburg, although very successful, did not seem to put as much work into his website as Thomas Edison did into his invention, yet he got more praise then Thomas did. It's ironic that Thomas Edison didn't has instant success at first, even though the lightbulb was life changing, but Mark's did, and his website was not life changing. Instant success doesn't come to everyone, but even if you don't get it, you learn more.


http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/thomas-edison

http://www.biography.com/people/mark-zuckerberg-507402

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